New York events in October

Plan your month with our events calendar featuring Lykke Li, CMJ Music Marathon and the annual Village Halloween Parade

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Let’s be honest: There are lots of cool things to do in October—we love Open House New York and the CMJ Music Marathon—but we’re just getting ready for Halloween festivities at the end of the month. Use our events calendar to find the best Halloween NYC events, along with our favorite theater and music events.

Our October highlights

Oktoberfest

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  1. Various locations
  2. Sat Sep 20 - Sun Oct 5

Judas Priest + Steel Panther

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  1. Izod Center Meadowlands Sports Complex, 50 State Rte 120
  2. Thu Oct 9 - Fri Oct 17
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  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Fri Oct 31
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Open House New York

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  • Free
  1. Various venues
  2. Sat Oct 11 - Sun Oct 12
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More events in October 2014

Billy Joel

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Erstwhile angry young man Billy Joel—now an official Madison Square Garden franchise, like the Knicks and Rangers—is tacking on date after date in what's threatening to become an endless run. Because you had to be a big shot, didn’t you, eh, Piano Man? (P.S. Welcome back.)

  1. Madison Square Garden 4 Pennsylvania Plaza , between 31st and 33rd Sts, 10001
  2. Thu Aug 7 - Thu Dec 18
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The Williamsburg Spelling Bee

This bee, hosted by Jen Dziura and Bobby Blue, isn’t an exercise in adolescent humiliation; it’s a gathering of adults taking a stab at triskaidekaphobia and other hard-to-spell words. If you strike out, assuage your bruised ego at the bar. Sign-up starts at 7pm and the first 18 people get to play.

  1. Pete's Candy Store 709 Lorimer St, between Frost and Richardson Sts, 11211
  2. Mon Sep 1 - Mon Dec 1
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Oktoberfest in NYC

One of the top things to do in New York this fall includes two weeks of drinking some of the best beer in NYC during Oktoberfest. Take in the beautiful fall foliage while drinking at one of the best beer gardens and beer halls in New York City. Oktoberfest New Yorkers, take advantage of this glorious holiday to sample fine Bavarian beer and food. Prost!

  1. various locations

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden

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Halloween junkies can get their spooky fix in this scary patch of the Children’s Adventure Garden filled with frightening spirits lurking in between the gourds. Weekend programming includes parades, where kids can get some extra mileage out of their costumes. Older visitors can enjoy sessions such as a pumpkin-carving demo with Ray Villafane (Oct 19, 20).

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Sat Sep 20 - Fri Oct 31
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“Interference: Coexistence”

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  • Free

Humanity hasn’t yet developed the technology to create the holodeck from Star Trek: The Next Generation, but the Center for the Holographic Arts is doing its best to keep the dream alive at this LIC art space. “Interference: Coexistence” shows off holographic art by 25 of the world’s best 3-D artists, with selected pieces from the heady, future-obsessed decades of the ’70s and ’80s. The Clock Tower, 29-27 41st Ave at Jackson Ave, Long Island City, Queens.

  1. Queens
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Sat Oct 18
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The Rink at Rockefeller Center

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Even if the sidewalks are overrun with tourists, you’ll have ample room to skate at the city’s most iconic rink; only 150 people are allowed on the ice at once (so that also means you should prepare for a bit of a wait). RECOMMENDED: More rinks for ice skating in NYC

  1. The Rink at Rockefeller Center 30 Rockefeller Plaza, between 49th and 50th Sts
  2. Sat Oct 11 - Wed Dec 31
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L.E.S. Pickle Day

  • Free

An area rich in history with more unique traditions than can be documented, the Lower East Side smiles back on the past today. In the heart of the old Pickle District, this Orchard Street fair features samples of the green delicacy from India to Haiti, from Malaysia to Brooklyn, and of course, those good old fashion kosher dills from the LES. Plus, in keeping with the spirit of Halloween, kids will get their faces painted and compete in a costume contest.

  1. Manhattan
  2. Sun Oct 19
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Halloween Howl

  • Free

Dress your best furry friend up for Halloween! At the Halloween Howl, dogs will love tasty selections from the Freshpet truch (the only Manhattan food truck made especially for canines). Also expect to dance around to doggy-themed tunes plus give your four-legged fellow a chance to show off his costume! All ages.

  1. Carl Schurz Park E 86th St, at East End Ave
  2. Sun Oct 19
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Cider Week NYC

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More than 200 bars, restaurants and markets throughout New York turn their attention to fermented fruit for a week's worth of tastings and events. On Mon 21, Murray’s Cheese Bar hosts a five-course fall harvest dinner with pairings from Foggy Ridge Cider, Farnum Hill Ciders and Aaron Burr Cider, served by the makers themselves ($65); and on the Oct 24, L'Apicio will offer fruity brews alongside goat-based dishes, including a merguez, agnolotti pasta and goat-cheese cheesecake ($95). Rounding out the festivities on Oct 27, Astor Center holds its fourth annual Applepalooza festival ($45), where, in addition to selections from Eve’s Cidery (Autumn’s Gold, Rustica, Bittersweet) and West County (Baldwin, Pippin), attendees can sample spirits like Christian Drouin Calvados XO and Black Dirt Apple Jack Apple Brandy at a cheese-and-cider tasting ($69).

  1. Various locations
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Tue Nov 4
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Foster the People

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Foster the People—the catchy L.A. indie-pop crew who brought us 2011's favorite summer earworm, "Pumped Up Kicks"—returns behind its sophomore effort, Supermodel.

  1. United Palace Theatre 4140 Broadway, at 175th St
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sat Oct 25
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Halloween Murder Mystery

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Sharpen your sleuthing skills while soaking up an authentic haunted-house vibe at this interactive event in one of the city's oldest buildings. According to a New York Tribune article in the Mount Vernon Hotel's archives, an unidentified skeleton was discovered under the floorboards of the 1799 carriage house, which was converted into a country retreat in the early 19th century. Who was it and whodunit? Wander through candlelit period rooms searching for clues to piece together a fictional mystery inspired by the chilling report.

  1. Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden 421 E 61st St, between First and York Aves
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sat Oct 25
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Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade

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The Village Halloween Parade is fun and all, but does it have a plethora of puppies in adorable outfits? For that, you’ll have to head to the East Village for this annual dog parade. The getups are remarkably elaborate and conceptual—no surprise given the $4,000 worth of prizes on offer, including an iPad Mini for Best in Show. No pooch? No problem: Grateful Greyhounds, Bide-A-Wee, Friends of Animal Rescue and the Mayor's Alliance for New York City Animals will be on hand with canines that need a loving home. Just remember, a dog's for life, not just for a costume contest.

  1. Tompkins Square Park Ave A, between 7th and 10th Sts
  2. Sat Oct 25
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Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun

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Three floors of spookily fun dancing will await you in eerie Midtown West, where you'll hear DJs spinning hits from the '80s, '90s and beyond…the grave. Arrive early for the complimentary open-bar vodka (9–10pm), but stick around for the third-floor Nirvana room, which bills itself a shrine to the late, great grunge gods.

  1. Culture Club 20 W 39th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10018
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sat Nov 1
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"Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs"

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It was rather late in life that Henri Matisse (1869–1954) began to create one of his most extraordinary bodies of work. Starting in the 1940s, he cut out shapes in colored paper, arranging them into compositions that sometimes seemed to push into pure abstraction. Even when they didn't, the forms he employed—nude figures, floral motifs—appeared to float in space, and it is this sense of buoyancy that makes these paintings among the most compelling in his oeuvre. MoMA's survey is the first to focus on this aspect of his career since 1961, and if anything, the works have only gained in power in the intervening years.

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Wed Dec 31
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Halloween Harvest Festival

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  • Free

Fashion your own costume to resemble Fido’s at this daylong holiday primer. Four-legged family members can compete in the Canine Costume Contest while their two-legged counterparts create their own getups on-site with the help of resident artists.

  1. Socrates Sculpture Park 32-01 Vernon Blvd, at Broadway
  2. Sat Oct 25
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Thrills the World

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  • Free

Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video depicted him as a zombie…which is very spooky because he died in 2009. Chilling! Since 2006, flash mobs have been organizing themselves to dance like MJ himself in the "Thriller" video to raise money and awareness for the Pajama Program, which delivers pj's and books to children who need them. And you can help out, too.

  1. Manhattan
  2. Sat Oct 25
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Children's Fall Festival

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Show up in your Halloween duds to join a sack race, dance along to live country & western music, visit the petting zoo and mingle with costumed characters at this old-fashioned fair. All ages.

  1. Queens County Farm Museum 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, between 73rd Rd and 74th Ave
  2. Sun Oct 26
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Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail

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Drop off your finest jack-o'-lantern (5 to 10 lbs) at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, and at dusk, watch it set sail in Harlem Meer with dozens of other carved, illuminated pumpkins. This event also includes a kiddie-friendly costume parade, ghost stories and live tunes.

  1. Central Park, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center enter at E 110th St and Fifth Ave
  2. Sun Oct 26
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WhiskyFest New York

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Whisky Advocate’s grand tasting is back for the 16th year, with 350 bottles of the brown stuff on offer. At the all-you-can-drink walk-around, guests can sip rare hooch, like a 1988 Glenrothes, or spankin'-new slugs, including a smoky Talisker Storm. Along with the belly-warming booze, the tastings will feature a buffet of steamed dumplings, pot stickers and slow-braised short ribs. On Saturday morning, take part in spirited seminars, such as "Scotch and Chocolate" with chef Daniel Boulud, "Whisky Legends" with Wild Turkey master distiller Jimmy Russel and "Where Whisky Is Heading" with David King of Anchor Distilling.

  1. Marriott Marquis Hotel 1535 Broadway, between 45th and 46th Sts
  2. Wed Oct 29
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Annual Halloween Party at New Museum

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This sinister museum may be one of NYC's best modern-art museums by day…but come Halloween, it's a bloodcurdling hellhole! (Well, kinda.) It throws a kick-ass party with prizes for the most creatively dressed and of course serve cocktails. You need to be a member to attend, but don't let that prospect scare you to death. Membership purchase is available at the door. Free with museum membership.

  1. New Museum of Contemporary Art 235 Bowery, at Prince St
  2. Fri Oct 31
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The Freedom Party NYC Annual Halloween Bash

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Classic monster jams—ahem—party jams abound at the Freedom Party, as DJs Marc Smooth, Cosi and Herbert Holler spin soul music from the ’70s through the present day (everything from R&B and house to Afrobeat and dancehall) for the city's longest-running dance party. Expect to hear some classic Halloween-themed cuts mixed in (we predict all hell will break loose when the guys inevitably drop "Thriller"). R.S.V.P to freedomdanceparty.com for reduced admission.

  1. Santos Party House 96 Lafayette St, at Walker St
  2. Fri Oct 31
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Halloween Celebration at AMNH

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As if the usual dinosaur skeletons and other bones weren't haunting enough, more than 30 of the museum's halls will sport chilling decor for this holiday event. Kids can trick-or-treat and make arts and crafts. All ages.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Fri Oct 31
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Halloween Party at Highline Ballroom

Afraid of heights? Then steer clear of the High Line, which is a bone-chilling 30 feet aboveground and not for the faint of heart. But if you think you can handle it come Halloween, check out the Halloween party at Highline Ballroom. Dance all night as if you were a ghost, and drink as if you were a fish. A dead fish. A spookily dead fish.

  1. Highline Ballroom 431 W 16th St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves
  2. Fri Oct 31
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Pier of Fear: Adventure Club

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Montreal's Adventure Club—purveyor of high-energy, heavy-hitting dubstep rhythms—headlines at this year's Pier of Fear. The duo's ferocious, no-holds-barred beats ought to keep your heart pounding at this spooky EDM affair.

  1. Pier 94 Hudson River, at 55th St
  2. Fri Oct 31
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